Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pavelka Project - Challenge #1 - Suspended Crystal Snowflake

So for 2015 I wanted to get back to creating and blogging.  I joined the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge with every intention of playing along.  I should have known one project a week was too much for me this time of year.  (my busy time at work)  I also joined the Pavelka Project.  This is just one project a month (much more doable for me right now), plus some challenges.  For now, I will concentrate on the Pavelka Project, and hopefully be able to get back to the weekly challenges when the rest of my life slows down a little....does that sound familiar to anyone?

Challenge #1 is a suspended crystal project and my snowflake jar topper is LOOSELY based on Katie's Snowflake Pendant Project.

Our office received a gift box at Christmas with various treats inside these aluminum jars - 12 of them, in a nice box.  Being a crafter that ALWAYS needs more storage, I called dibs on the jars when the treats were gone.  SCORE!  My plan is to decorate these with polymer clay projects.  So here goes #1!

I did not have a snowflake cutter to follow Katie's project, but I did have this Martha Stewart Snowflake mold.  I filled it with Pearl polymer clay - pinching small pieces and filling all of the spaces.

Until it was completely full of clay.

Then I used a clay blade to shave off the excess clay the extended above the mold.

I had flattened some blue clay and cut it to fit the top of the lid.  (actually I cut it a little too small, but I'll fix that.....)  I turned the mold upside down on the blue clay and pressed down all over to be sure the white clay had adhered to the blue clay and then carefully lifted the mold off.


To cover the space between the rim of the lid and the blue clay I made a cane that was supposed to look like a leaf.  It looks a little bit more like Calla Lilies.  (I need to work on my canes!!!)  Then I added some texture and crystals.  It makes a great little tin to hold my crystal treasures!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

After a rather LONG break from crafting and blogging....(OVER 1 YEAR)....I'm ready to get back into creating mode and play with clay.  I am accepting the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge!

I have VERY LIMITED experience with polymer clay, although I have always enjoyed working with it when I've had the chance.  A project a week sounds a bit daunting, but I'll give it a try.....Stay tuned for projects to come!!

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